Quick – try to think of anything better than the combination of a freshly poured margarita, crispy tortilla chips and homemade guacamole. Couldn’t do it, could you?
Neither could Perth restaurateur Clint Nolan, apparently. He opened the doors of La Cholita, a Mexican restaurant/small bar in Northbridge, in December last year. If the success of Nolan’s other ventures – small bar Who’s your Mumma? and North Freo restaurant Harvest – is anything to go by, then you know what you’re in for.
La Cholita has a fantastic neighbourhood bar feel. There’s nothing pretentious about the place. Tables are made from rough plywood and beer crates, light fixtures dangle from ropes and pulleys, and tattoo-inspired murals cover the walls. But none of that compares to the ambiance created by the ginormous collection of tequila lining the bar. There are 67 types on offer. If you’re not game for a shot, then order a cocktail. The Mexicana is our fave.
The food is the proper kind of Mexican, not the cheese and bean-laden Tex-Mex variety. The guacamole and pico de gallo taste great on the homemade tortilla chips that come fresh from the wood fire oven in the corner. The tostadas and tacos, at around $6 a pop, give you the chance to sample what La Cholita’s about. Try the crab and avocado tostada if you’re after a nibble, or the quesadillas for something more substantial.
La Cholita is a place to meet friends, have a great meal and discuss how the growing small bar scene is changing this city for the better. Viva Northbridge!
(Also published in Agenda)